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Lepidium meyenii

: Brassicaceae

: Lepidium

: meyenii

: Maca, Maka

: Tuberous root

: Andes of Peru

Maca (Lepidium Meyenii Walp) is a root that grows only in the Andean highlander zones of Peru, on the Junin Plateau, at altitudes of 4,250 mt. over sea level (approx. 14,000 ft.).

The Maca plant was domesticated about 2,000 years ago (primitive cultivars of maca have been found in archaeological sites dating back as far as 1,600 B.C.). The Incas used it among their people as part of their daily diet.

The plant is grown from seed and root maturation generally occurs within seven months. Its appearance may be described as a shrub with a low-growing, mat-like stem arrangement, small, off-white flowers, and scalloped leaves. The root can be one of several colors (cream, purple or black) and is of comparable shape to a turnip or radish.


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